This course provides an excellent introduction to the essential skills of Art and Design. Students learn techniques and skills in painting, sculpture, printmaking and design. They are encouraged to develop and extend their visual ideas by working creatively.  The course is designed to build and develop technical skill, self-expression and confidence in making art works. This course prepares students for further study in Visual Art, Design and Photography.


Mr Barr


This course is an introduction to music. Listening, composing and performing skills will be developed. A variety of classroom musical instruments will be available and students may wish to learn an instrument through the itinerant music programme. Students taking Year 9 Music are able to work in the wider music environment of the Trident Music Academy which includes the Big Band, the Jazz Combo as well as the participation in a variety of concerts, competitions – both Regional and National. Students in the Academy are also able to advance their learning to the next level on the advice of the teachers.


Mr Spence


Science is both a process of enquiry and a body of knowledge. It is an integrated discipline.  The strands focus on the nature of science and relationship to technology, the development of scientific skills and attitudes and integrating these with the living world, the physical world, the material world and the planet earth and beyond.  Students have the opportunity to participate in extension activities, with the opportunity to go further if successful.

Subject Head:

Mr Pickering 


The Drama and Technical Performing Arts course is an introduction to Drama, Dance, and Theatre Technology. Students develop a range of skills through the exploration of ideas expressed through theatre conventions. The course encourages students’ creativity, collaboration, and compassion through working with others and exploring new perspectives.  They will have the opportunity to work in all areas of theatre both on and off the stage. Students also have the opportunity to audition for the bi-annual school production, school plays, and Trident has Talent.


Mrs Robb


Languages link people locally and globally and introduce learners to new ways of thinking about the world. Students will be able to build their language and cultural knowledge, increase their understanding of their first language, gain skills to learn further languages and understand the importance of language learning. 

Students will learn to: interact and communicate about personal information (greet others and introduce themselves and others, say their name, age, phone number, nationality, birthday, hobbies, where they live and where they were born; use expressions a) to help keep a conversation flowing, b) for the everyday classroom; recognise and tell the time; ead and write in hiragana script and some kanji (Japanese script), recognise, describe and compare aspects of Japanese geography, festivals, cultural practices etc.

Subject Head:

Mrs Harison



This  course which aims to help students understand aspects of Māori culture which are embedded in our Trident culture.  It will explore the school's logo, our waiata, the karakia used at the school and cover basic te reo phrases and simple protocols.  In addition it will investigate the history of the school, its relationship with local tribes and study the importance of geographical landmarks and their significance to the Māori community.  The course aims to allow students to understand customary practices used today and be confident to experience the Māori language and tikanga in a safe environment.


Mr McLean


Participation in Spanish exposes students to cultures and languages other than their own. Learning a second language also improves students understanding of their own language and culture.  Spanish is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world and with growing economic and diplomatic relationships with more than 20 countries and over 350 million native speakers, multilingual people are in demand.

In Year 9 Spanish students will learn: greetings/farewell and polite terms; basic personal information; basic description of themselves and others; talk about what they like and don’t like doing; free time activities and sports; and what the weather is like. Cultural aspects will be interwoven throughout the material in the course.  Students will be assessed on their ability to speak, converse, listen to, read and write basic Spanish.


Ms Deeley


The purpose of the course is to introduce students across the full ability range to Te Reo Māori, the native language and culture of New Zealand, through the communicative approach to language learning with an emphasis on the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Aspects of Tikanga Māori are covered.


Mr McLean


Purpose of Health Education: To learn how to make educated and informed decisions and to act in ways that contributes to personal wellbeing and the well-being of other people. Students will explore how to recognise and appreciate individuality through understanding how to process and communicate thoughts and feelings in relation to sexuality education.


Mrs Roper

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